|Published:||Aug 28, 2013 5:04 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 28, 2013 6:48 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A new law that makes distracted driving illegal goes into effect October first. Kristin Murphy, who lost her daughter in 2010, talks to WINK how she plans to keep her message of safety moving.
"She was like, Mom, I love you, see you soon."
Those were the last words Kristen Murphy heard from her daughter Chelsey.
"I had no clue that 20 minutes from that time, someone would hit her, all because he was talking on his cell phone," said Kristin Murphy.
Since that day in March, 2010, Kristen has been fighting to see a distracted driving law enacted in the state of Florida.
"Do you want your mother or your father to be sitting by your bed side and their last vision of you is hooked up to tubes or life support? It's not a good vision.
This past May, Governor Rick Scott made that bill a reality.
"Totally speechless, it was like numb, your numb when your daughter dies, but this was a different kind of numb," says Murphy.
And on October first, it will go into law, a victory for Kristen and her fight to save lives on the road. Texting and talking on your cell phone behind the wheel will not be tolerated, however, for now it will just be a secondary offense.
"I want it to be a full law, I want it to be if a police officer does see you driving while your talking on your phone, sending a text, I want you to be pulled over."
Kristen says saving one life with Chelsey's story is the reason she will continue to fight to make distracted driving a first offense. She doesn't want her daughter's words to her, be the last for other parents.
"Think about if you are a parent and your teenage child goes out and drives, that child has a cell phone and you say 'be careful tonight' and 'be home by curfew,' is that going to be the last words to your child all because your child doesn't want to put down the phone?"
A "secondary offense" means a driver would have to be pulled over for some other violation, like careless driving to get a ticket for texting. Chelsey was four weeks pregnant when she was killed. Kristen is taking Chelsey's story to Pittsburgh where she will continue to advocate for teens to put the phone away while driving a car.